Parent Involvement in Emergent Literacy Activities

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Parent Involvement in Emergent Literacy Activities: The Relationship to Reading Achievement

By
Tracy J. Miranowski
B.A. Minnesota State Mankato, 2004

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Submitted to the Graduate Facility of St. Cloud State University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Page

Introduction………………………………………………………3

Historical Perspectives…………………………………...............4-6

Current Emergent Literacy Approaches………………………….6-8

Focus of the Paper………………………………………. ………8

Importance of Review…………………………………………....9

Definitions………………………………………………………..10

Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION

During the last 3 decades, increased attention has been focused upon the effects of home literacy environment and children 's later knowledge (Roberts,
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Emergent literacy represents a shift in thinking about young children 's reading. It stresses the relationship between the preschool and beginning reading phases, among concerns and issues of early-childhood educators and those of reading teachers, and between the home and school environment (Teale, 1995). Marie Clay (1977) first used the term emergent literacy. In the mid-1980s emergent literacy theory gained importance as a way to explain the beginning of children 's reading skills. Emergent literacy replaced the term reading readiness through the 1980s-1990s. Emergent literacy is based upon the notion that children learn literacy skills through print. Teale and Sulzby (1991) proposed that emergent literacy be recognized as a new model for conceptualizing young children 's written language development. Teale and Sulzby defined emergent literacy as "the reading and writing concepts, behaviors, and dispositions that precede and develop into conventional literacy" (Teale, 1995, p.107).
By the mid-1980s emergent reading/literacy became accepted among researchers, early educators, and reading teachers. Emergent literacy appeared as an ERIC descriptor and was recognized as a justifiable area of work in the conventions of the National Association for the Education of the Young Children, the National Reading Conference, the International Reading

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